Adopt-a-Neighborhood is a beautification grant program offered by Keep Charlotte Beautiful. At the beginning of each year, the KCB board members select a neighborhood(s) to participate in their neighborhood adoption program through a competitive scoring process. This program was created to fund small beautification projects that enhance the quality of life in Charlotte neighborhoods. There is no cost for the neighborhood to participate, however, it is necessary for neighbors to volunteer and maintain the project after completion. Any neighborhood or homeowner association in the City of Charlotte is eligible to apply.
Keep Charlotte Beautiful accepts applications for beautification projects ranging from $500 - $5,000. A maximum amount of $5,000 will be awarded each year.
Any beautification project that will make a long lasting or permanent impact to a neighborhood is eligible. Some examples of acceptable projects include, but are not limited to: tree planting, neighborhood entrance signs, landscaping, public art installation, neighborhood park improvements and community gardens.
Look for the 2014 Adopt-a-Neighborhood Grant Application to go live soon.
Congratulations to our 2013 Adopt-A-Neighborhood Winners!
Piedmont Middle School-Schoolyard Habitat Classroom and Beautification Art Project
Piedmont IB Middle School received a grant for $2,500 to create the “Schoolyard Habitat Classroom and Beautification Art Project”. The grant supported Phase II of an existing project. Phase I was completed two years ago, which included planted flowers, rose bushes and shrubs along East 10th Street. Work was completed in October 2013.
Commonwealth Park- From Problems to Park
The Commonwealth Park community worked with city staff and CMPD to petition for demolition of three derelict buildings, including the Charlotte Inn Motel, a significant source of criminal behavior. Once the buildings are demolished (December 2013 Demolition Date) the land will be converted to public space. The grant funds will allow the Commonwealth Park Neighborhood Association to beautify the space by installing signage, benches and landscaping to make the space an attractive place for neighbors to gather while deterring the kinds of criminal activity that have plagued this area for years.
Thanks to the Waste Management/Keep America Beautiful Think Green Grant, additional funds have been granted to both Piedmont Middle School and Commonwealth Park. Click here for more information.
2012: Cannonbridge Subdivision - Grant Award of $800
2012: Coulwood - Grant Award of $4,200
2011: Madison Park Neighborhood
Re-established an overgrown community rose garden on the grounds of Pinewood Elementary School. Improvements to the garden included removing weeds that had grown throughout the garden, planting more rose bushes, creation of a path from the sidewalk through the garden, and placing a marker that honors where the previous Pinewood Elementary School stood.
2010: Wilmore Neighborhood
Included beautification for a stretch of tall weeds and overgrowth on the block where their neighborhood entrance sign is located. The overgrowth was removed, mulch was put into place, and several varieties of decorative shrubs were planted along an 80 foot-long area behind the neighborhood entrance.